Cole Sprouse was born in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, to American parents, Melanie (Wright) and Matthew Sprouse, and was raised in Long Beach, California. Cole began his acting career alongside his identical twin brother at the tender age of six months. From 1993 to 1998 the twins shared the role of Patrick Kelly, on ABC's hit series Grace Under Fire (1993), soon booking Julian in Adam Sandler's box office hit, Big Daddy (2000). During that same month, their second feature film, The Astronaut's Wife (1999), starring Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron, was also released. Cole appeared without his brother on the NBC series Friends (1994), portraying Ross's son, Ben Gellar, and, in the fall of 2003, both Cole and his brother again shared a lead role of Jeremiah in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004). There following, Cole began starring alongside his twin in his own half-hour sitcom, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005) on the Disney Channel. After wrapping his sixth year of the Disney program Cole chose to attend university at NYU, remaining absent from entertainment until he finished his education in 2015. Having graduated with honors, Cole returned and soon booked the role of Jughead in "Riverdale" (2017).